Locatelli refuge with Tre Cima di Lavaredo peaks behind
9-day adventure

Ultimate Dolomites

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Code: ITUD

9 days
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Our Italian office is based in the city of Catania on the island of Sicily and near to Mt Etna. We have a team of 6 office staff who take care of the logistics for our adventures as well as a team of specialist mountain guides. The local knowledge and expertise of our staff allow us to deliver first class adventures with seamless organisation and attention to detail. Our guides have been trekking and climbing in the Dolomites for many years and...
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Kandoo's view

If you want to feel fully immersed in the world class scenery of the Dolomites, then our Ultimate Dolomites adventure is definitely the trip for you. Over 7 days of trekking we will pass through some of the most jaw dropping landscapes in Europe. Staying in mountain huts each night, we will pass beneath peaks such as Tofana di Rozes, Croda Rossa and Cima Cunturines. We will have the opportunity to climb the peak of Croda Del Becco, look up in astonishment at the north face of Cima Grande and discover the little paradise of Pratopiazza. This is a magical route through a truly remarkable part of our world.

Trip highlights

  • Climb to the summit of Croda del Becco
  • Stay in mountain huts in spectacular locations
  • Gaze up at the iconic Tre Cima di Lavaredo

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Welcome to the Dolomites

    Arrive at Venice Airport and transfer to your hotel in the town of Cortina d’Ampezzo in the heart of the Dolomites. You will meet your guide and the rest of your group and there will be a pre-trek briefing.

    • Transport: Private transfer (2.2 hours, 149 km)
    • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Day 2

    To the Dibona Refuge

    In the early afternoon we take a local bus to Pocol (6km) and our journey through the Dolomites begins. From Pocol a gently rising path takes up through a beautiful forest and as we gain height the views become increasingly impressive. We can look over the valley of Cortina and see the jagged teeth of Croda del Lago. In the early evening we will reach the Dibona Refuge where we will be staying the night.

    • Transport: Bus (0.3 hour, 6 km)
    • Hiking time: 4 - 5 hours
    • Ascent: 500 m
    • Max. altitude: 2045 m
    • Accomodation: Refuge
    • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Day 3

    Tofana di Rozes

    From the Dibona refuge this morning, our track climbs gently up to the foot of Tofana di Rozes. The Tofane Massif is made up of three peaks, Tofana di Dentro in the north, Tofana di Rozes in the south and Tofana di Mezzo is the highest point in the middle. We circle around vertical cliffs nearly 1000m high to reach the Travenanzes Pass. In the afternoon we leave the Veneto region and pass into Trentino Alto Adige, as we follow the Alta Via 1 trail to reach the Scotoni Refuge where we will spend the night.

    • Hiking time: 5 - 6 hours
    • Ascent: 650 m
    • Descent: 650 m
    • Max. altitude: 2507 m
    • Accomodation: Refuge
    • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
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Please note

The details in this programme are regularly updated but unforeseeable and unpredictable circumstances may result in inaccuracies. In order to provide the adventure which is best suited to your demands, the weather and the operational conditions, changes to the itinerary may be made. For safety reasons, we reserve the rights to interrupt your participation at any time if your technical level or fitness is deemed unsuitable or if you are seen as a danger to yourself or to those around you. Under no circumstances would this give rise to a refund or compensation.

Trip information

Difficulty

This adventure is of moderate difficulty. The terrain can be steep and rocky and you will be hiking for 6 days consecutively.  In some months the weather can be very hot which adds to the difficulty of the hiking. The maximum ascent in a single day is 1000m and maximum descent 900m. You should be in good physical condition with recent experience of hiking for several days in row in a mountainous environment on steep terrain. To ask about your suitability for this trip and what you can do to prepare please feel free to give us a call.

Food & drink

This adventure in the Dolomite is full board. Italian gastronomy is one of the richest and tastiest in the world and we are confident you will love the meals we provide. A continental style breakfast is served at your refuge each morning.  There will be a range of pastries, cheeses, cold meats and fruit along with plenty of tea and coffee. Each day your guide will prepare a picnic lunch for you to carry in your daypack.  Our lunches are all made with fresh local produce and will include fruit, vegetables, cold meats, cheese and lovely fresh bread. Evening meals will be taken at your refuge. There will be a range of starters, main courses and desserts for you to choose from.


If you have special dietary requirements please inform us as soon as possible after booking your trip.  We will work with you to ensure your needs are met.

Accommodation

On this trek we will be staying in mountain huts each night. Accommodation will be in dormitories of between 4 and 12 people with shared bathroom facilities. All bedding is provided.


On the first and last nights in Cortina d’Ampezzo, we will stay in a 3 star hotel. Rooms will be either double or twin with en-suite bathroom. The hotel has a bar and restaurant and free WiFi is available in public areas. 

Luggage

We advise you to bring a 30-40 litre day sack to carry with you each day containing your lunch, water, spare clothing and camera etc. A larger 60-80 litre duffel bag for the bulk of your luggage will be stored in our luggage transfer vehicle.

How do I get there?

You will need to arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) on day 1 of this adventure. For those traveling from the UK, Easy Jet have direct flights from London Luton, Manchester, Bristol and Liverpool. British Airways also have direct flights from Gatwick and KLM provide convenient flights via Amsterdam from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Leeds. If you are traveling from the USA, American Airlines fly direct to Venice from Philadelphia and Delta fly direct from New York. Swiss Air have convenient flights via Zurich from San Francisco and Alitalia have the best flights from Los Angeles with a short stop in Rome. On arrival in Venice, a member of the Kandoo Adventures team will be waiting for you in the arrivals area. Look out for a large “KANDOO” sign. We provide two airport transfers at fixed times. Vehicles will depart at 02.30pm and 07.30pm.

Budget & change

The currency in Italy is the Euro (EUR). For the latest exchange rates please see www.xe.com


It is possible to withdraw cash from ATMs but please be mindful of any charges from your bank. Credit cards are widely accepted in the towns but not in remote areas. Please budget for drinks, souvenirs and any meals not included in your trip. 

Tips

Although the custom is practiced here, it is not expected. If you are satisfied with the services of your guide and local team, tipping is always appreciated.  It is not obligatory and should be left to the discretion of each individual.

Formalities & health

Passport

Most travellers will require a passport valid for at least 6 months after your return date. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific requirements and please be aware that proof of onward travel may be required.

Visa

Travelling to Italy is visa free for up to 90 days, for UK and US citizens

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required.

Insurance

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully and adequately insured for the duration of your trip. Please ensure that all activities, excursions and destinations in your itinerary are included in your travel insurance policy, in addition to your regular cover for cancellation and medical expenses. If you are climbing Gran Paradiso, please check with your insurance company that you are covered for climbing over 4000m. We ask that you keep a copy of your policy summary (containing policy number and the emergency contact number for your insurer) in your daypack at all times, so that we can access this information should we need to contact the insurer on your behalf.

Medication

Your guide carries a first aid kit at all times but we recommend you carry the following items:
- Painkillers
- Sunscreen for lips and skin
- After sun cream (for sunburn)
- Elastic bandage, regular bandages and Blister bandages
- Sanitary products

Equipment & clothing

Clothing to bring


We prefer that you do not wear cotton clothing, including underwear, when participating in activities. When cotton gets wet from water or sweat it ceases to insulate and does not dry quickly. The best materials for outdoor activities are fast drying materials like polyester or materials which are warm when wet like wool. The most powerful materials against the wind and rain are 'breathable' materials like Gore-Tex or Nikwax.


  • Warm hat (beanie)
  • Sun hat with wide brim for protection
  • Sunglasses
  • Neck gaiter or scarf
  • Suitable quick drying underwear
  • Light gloves
  • Walking boots (with ankle support and sturdy soles)
  • Socks (quick drying and not too warm)
  • T-shirts and warm jumper
  • Fleece or soft shell jacket
  • Waterproof and windproof hard shell jacket
  • Walking trousers and/or shorts
  • Pajamas and toiletries
  • Comfortable shoes for the evenings
  • Waterproof trousers

Equipment to bring

  • 30-40 litre day pack
  • 80 – 100 litre duffel bag
  • Water bottles or hydration pack
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • Camera
  • Walking poles
  • Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing
  • Travel towel 

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Price includes

  • Airport transfers
  • An expert Kandoo Adventures guide
  • All transportation
  • All accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners

Price does not include

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks, tips and personal expenses
  • Dinner on day 1 and 8

Options

  • Add additional nights before or after your trek